This year I am participating in the 2019 Reddit 52 Weeks of Baking community challenge. The goal is to bake something new and share it with the group to each of the themed weeks. This is my first time I’ll get to try doing a full year, so I am very excited to give it a go.
The theme of week one is a “Re-Do”. That is, participants take another crack at something they weren’t happy with from 2018. Or, newbies pick something from last year’s list they feel like tackling. For me however, it was the perfect opportunity to take another shake at doing an Apple Crumble. Not only is it on last year’s list (Week 32: Cobblers, Crisps and Crumbles), but it was also my own shot at redemption as I’d baked a crumble that was a flop not long ago.
Alas, that time relied on a recipe by a celebrity British chef, whose preparation resulted in under-cooked apples and not enough topping. Knowing that it was just a humble crumble and I style myself as the household baker, I was a bit disappointed. I should have listened to my gut. Now here I present my recipe. This version ended up ticking all the boxes. Soft, syrupy apple filling. A topping that went toasty nut-brown and yielded to the spoon perfectly. Taking the time to cube the apple small enough so it cooks through in the oven really is key. Also the flour which gives the apples some sticky body. Perfect for winter – and to feed a whole family as dessert.
A generously portioned apple crumble perfect to feed a family for dessert.
- 1kg Granny Smith Apples
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 120g white sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 100g wholemeal flour
- 100g rolled oats
- 100g butter
- 80g caster sugar
- Heat the oven to 350F / 180C
- Peel, cube apples into 1cm cubes, then place into a large baking dish, about 1.5 litre big. Add the flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and sugar, and mix well until the apples are thoroughly coated.
- Place the flour and oats in a bowl and mix together. Chop the butter into small cubes and add this to the oats and flour. Rub in with your fingertips until it resembles a coarse crumb texture.
- Bake for 45- 50 minutes, then stand for 10 minutes to cool a little before serving.
Keywords: Apple Crumble